If you have incontinence or care for someone who does, then
you already know bladder and bowel control is a sensitive topic. But when it
comes to hygiene and health, that’s nothing to be shy about. Here are some
considerations to keep in mind when managing incontinence.
First, you’re not alone. The National Association for
Continence (NAFC) reports more than 25 million people diagnosed with incontinence
1. And with urinary incontinence, or bladder
leakage, turns out that women experience the condition twice as much as men,
according to U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office on Women’s
Researchers say beverages like caffeinated soda, coffee and alcohol could
worsen the condition.
Here’s what you can
- When leakage occurs, NAFC suggests changing
soiled undergarments and cleanse the perineum area with an incontinence cloth.
- To reduce any skin irritation and redness, opt
for a barrier cream that contains dimethicone or a cloth with barrier cream
protect the skin.
- For soiled bed linens and undergarments, NAFC
suggests washing items separately and using baking soda or vinegar in the wash to
Keep in mind—with bedbound
individuals—skin exposed to urine or fecal matter is at increased risk of
developing a pressure ulcer or bed sore,
Word of the Day [CALL
What is the perineum? Anatomically speaking—the skin located between the
genitals and anus.
Reference: 1. http://www.nafc.org/at-home-care 2. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office on Women’s Health, http://www.womenshealth.gov/publications/our-publications/fact-sheet/urinary-incontinence.pdf 3. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office on Women’s Health, http://www.womenshealth.gov/publications/our-publications/fact-sheet/urinary-incontinence.pdf 4. http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/perineum